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Medics.Academy Highlights: Community Newsletter

To the Medics.Academy Community,

What an exciting few months it has been with so many highlights at Medics.Academy. Here are just a few of them:

The Healthcare Leadership Academy and Medics.Academy were delighted to host our first-ever Women in Healthcare Leadership (WIHL) Summit. The summit took place over two days in April and was themed ‘Developing change & Pushing Boundaries’. It featured a range of speakers who presented their ideas on areas such as new innovations and directions in the healthcare field by prominent females, stereotyping and breaking the mold, advocacy and mentorship. Even in 2022, gender and opportunity equality remain topics of fervent debate. The NHS is facing the challenges of poor staff retention, ever-increasing demand, and changing demographics of service users. Balanced and effective leadership is required to ensure the NHS can continue to deliver patient-centered care and support its employees. We hope this event went some way to inspiring our next generation of healthcare leaders from around the world.

We are excited to congratulate Eleanor Budge, a Medics.Academy Fellow, for winning 1st Prize Oral Presentation at the WIHL conference, for her presentation on the Ethiopian Medical Women’s Association (EMeWA) project. Congratulations also to the rest of the EMeWA and Fellow team who contributed to the presentation, including Arjan Singh Sehmbi, Ting Fong Yeo, Alexander Bald, Sarah Malawana and Maduni Wickramasinghe.

To share the amazing stories of our HLA scholars, we are creating a new series called ‘The HLA Stories’. The first installment will focus on Northumbria doctor Elaine Winkley, who has succeeded in improving sustainability at Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust with the launch of a pioneering Waste Warrior Project. The initiative – researched and implemented as part of Elaine’s HLA project – was so well received it helped the Trust gain an environmental accreditation. During her research, Elaine discovered that approximately 600,000 tonnes of waste are generated by the NHS every year which completely conflicts with the responsibility of a clinician to “do no harm”. Click here for a sneak preview of Elaine’s story.

Another key highlight has been the launch of The F|Docs+ Programme, created for trainees in the HEE Yorkshire & Humber region. The programme involves access to an appointed mentor who will help the trainee through the year with virtual sessions, agreed goals, and help with actions and accountability. The mentoring is being delivered by our partners, The Portfolio Clinic, who focus on supporting junior doctors through focused career and portfolio development packages and have a pool of experienced clinicians. Watch this space!

Author Bio:

Abi Pomeranc is a Clinical Programme Executive overlooking our Clinical Fellowships Programmes. She is a junior doctor at University Hospital Sussex. Throughout her time at Barts and The London School of Medicine, she was awarded numerous awards for academic excellence and she graduated with Proxime Accessit to the University of London Gold Medal. She is passionate about medical education, enjoying delivering lectures and being a mentor as part of the F|Docs Faculty.

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